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There’s a thinly stretched existence being lived on the 3am subway trains. You can see it pulling on the lolling heads of the passengers, on their way in to make today’s shift in time. They are fretting at night. They’re not sleeping well. They have children to feed and bills to pay. But in the in-between of home and work, in those sweet minutes of sleepy respite where all they have to do is sit and listen to the rhythmic clatter of the train cars until their stop comes. They drowse and let their minds wander over the dreams that they long since gave up. Not with bitterness or anger, just remembering that feeling of having dreams, options.
They want their kids to know that feeling.
So, anyway… call your parents.

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Erika Price is a writer and social psychologist in Chicago. Erika has performed in live lit events around the city, including Write Club, The Paper Machete, Essay Fiesta, The Skewer, and Cassandra. Her work has been published in The Rumpus, The Toast, Literary Orphans, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Reading Out Loud on this episode:
Lacy Katherine CampbellEleni Pappageorge and Brandon Paul Eells

 

Author:

Erika Price is a writer and social psychologist in Chicago. Erika has performed in live lit events around the city, including Write Club, The Paper Machete, Essay Fiesta, The Skewer, and Cassandra. Her work has been published in The Rumpus, The Toast, Literary Orphans, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Reading Out Loud on this episode:
Eleni Pappageorge and Brandon Paul Eells

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